Bachelor, Bethany College, 1951. Master of Arts, University Nebraska, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1957.
Assistant professor, associate professor, Professor of English,, U. Nebraska, Lincoln, since 1957;
Found Professor of English, U. Nebraska, Lincoln, since 1967. Director Nebraska Curriculum Development Center, Center Great Plains Studies, Nebraska, USOE Study Comn. Undergraduate Education, 1971-1976.
Consultant in field.
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Chairperson Nebraska Committee for Humanities, 1985-1986, Center for Rural Affairs, Walthill, Nebraska, 1988-1991. Board directors, vice-chair Lincoln Indian Center, since 1980. Director School-at-the-Center Project, 1992-1995.
Member Modern Language Association (member committee research activities 1974-1976).
Married Elizabeth Ann Hanson, August 16, 1952. Children: Lars, Andrew, Ingrid.